Archive for the ‘Autoline Exclusives’ Category

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT

May 8th, 2022 at 10:30am


How do you take your best selling vehicle and squeeze a few more sales out of it? Why, you add a trim line that will lure more buyers into your showrooms. That’s what the Santa Fe XRT is all about.

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Goodbye, VW Passat, Goodbye

May 6th, 2022 at 3:13pm


This is, I’m sure, the last time I’ll ever write about the VW Passat. It’s being relinquished to the dust bin of automotive history.

VW is phasing out sales in the U.S. market. Last month it only sold 194 of them. And while the car will continue to be sold in other markets, the writing is on the wall. As VW transitions to an electric future, the name “Passat” will disappear forever.

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2022 Toyota Camry XSE Hybrid

April 22nd, 2022 at 2:48pm


Remember when hybrids were only marketed to tree-hugging environmentalists who probably hated cars but were grudgingly willing to drive an eco-conscious sedan? Well, those days are over. With the Camry XSE hybrid, Toyota is sending out a clear signal that it’s making hybrids for anyone who wants to buy one—even car enthusiasts.

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Infineon Readies Chips for A New Generation of Vehicles – Autoline Exclusives

April 21st, 2022 at 8:00am

Cars are becoming more and more sophisticated, which means they need more semiconductors. BEVs use double the amount of chips an ICE vehicle does. Bill Stewart, the Senior Director of Vehicle Automation and Chassis at Infineon Technologies, the largest chip supplier to the automotive industry, talks about the technology that goes into chips and where they go in cars.

2022 Volvo S90 B6 AWD

April 19th, 2022 at 2:53pm


Ahhh, sedans. You remember them, don’t you? They used to rule the automotive universe until one day everybody woke up and suddenly decided they needed an SUV. Or something like that.

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2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness Edition

April 8th, 2022 at 2:31pm


Subaru keeps tweaking the formula it has with the Outback and the Wilderness Edition is the latest example.

While the Limited Edition caters to those who appreciate leather and comfort, and the Onyx Edition with its faux carbon fiber trim is aimed at a sportier customer, the Wilderness Edition is designed for outdoorsy types who are willing to drive a little bit deeper into the woods or the desert.

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2022 Lexus NX 350h AWD Review

April 6th, 2022 at 2:45pm


Lexus has so many models in its line-up, ten to be exact, that it can be hard to keep track of them all. And because Lexus uses two letters to name each model, that makes it hard to remember which one is which. And just to make it more confusing, five of those models have an X in their name: GX, LX, RX, NX and UX.

Let’s make some sense out of the NX.

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2022 Subaru Ascent, Onyx Edition

March 29th, 2022 at 3:31pm


When Subaru decided it needed to expand its lineup to grow sales and market share, it knew exactly what to do: build a 7-passenger SUV. And so, the Ascent was born. That got it into a segment it had never played in before.

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Mazda MX-30 EV: A Cute Compliance Car

March 25th, 2022 at 4:00pm

Mazda MX-30_16

The MX-30 is a very curious vehicle. It’s Mazda’s first EV, but the company took a very tepid approach to making a battery electric. One thing’s for sure, it certainly doesn’t break any new ground.

First off, it looks like a conventional ICE car, both inside and out. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, the styling is quite attractive. It’s cute. It’s actually one of the strong points of the car. I especially liked the cork trim accents on the center console.

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Land Rover Defender 90 First Edition Review

March 18th, 2022 at 3:19pm

What is it about the 2-door Defender 90 that I like it so much better than the 4-door Defender 110? Not only do I love its size and proportions, it just seems to drive better.

Land Rover Defender

That’s surprising considering the Defender 90 has a short 101.9 inch wheelbase. That’s a full 17 inches shorter than the 110. And yet, the 90 doesn’t porpoise or pitch as it drives down the road. It rides surprisingly well, feels nimbler and responds quicker.

Kudos to LR’s suspension engineers. They know what they’re doing.

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